FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
FRIDAY - March 13, 2009
NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court on March 11, 2009, Chief United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced ROBERT THOMAS JONES, JR., 49, Morrisville, North Carolina, to 97 months’ imprisonment followed by a lifetime of supervised release.
A Criminal Information was filed on September 30, 2008, charging receipt of child pornography. On November 25, 2008, JONES pled guilty to the charge. After receiving information from JONES’ wife and after speaking with JONES, on March 1, 2008, officers with the Morrisville Police Department seized JONES’ computer and multiple computer discs. Forensic analysis of the seized items revealed over 2,200 digital images and 10 videos of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct, including images of children under the age of 12 and images of sadistic and masochistic conduct involving children.
In response to the plea, Mr. Holding stated, “I feel we cannot reiterate enough the importance of knowing when, where, and what your children are doing. Predators are out there, ready and willing to prey on the young and innocent. Let’s not let them have access to what is most precious to us. Be active in your children’s lives.”
This case is part of the Project Safe Childhood initiative, a national program aimed at ensuring that criminals exploiting children are effectively prosecuted by making full use of all available law enforcement resources at every level. For more information about this important national project, Project Safe Childhood, go to www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
Investigation of the case was conducted by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the Morrisville Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes served as prosecutor for the government.
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